Elana Moscoe has joined the Jewish Federation of Ottawa staff as the new community engagement specialist. She will be staffing many community initiatives and projects including the Shabbat Project, March of the Living, the Shoah Committee and the Virtual Jewish Ottawa InfoCentre.
Moscoe, a native Ottawan who recently graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in concurrent education, has been involved in numerous Jewish leadership roles. She was co-president of Hillel at Queen’s University, where she also chaired Holocaust Education Week for several years, and worked with the American Jewish Committee in Brussels. Moscoe said she is excited to be able to use the skills she’s acquired in those positions in her work with Federation.
“I’ve always been passionate about the Jewish community and in working in the non-profit sector – so this job really suits a lot of my interests,” she said.
Moscoe said one of her challenges is the redesigning of programs so that they’re more effective at serving the needs of the community.
“We need to learn from past feedback and [think] about what the community needs to be,” she said. “We have a very strong community in Ottawa, but I think there needs to be more opportunities for people to become engaged in areas of their interest. So [that means] making involvement in the community more accessible.”
One of the ways Moscoe plans to facilitate greater engagement in the Jewish community is through a matching program, which will put the right volunteers together with the organizations and agencies that need their help. Moscoe describes the initiative as a “concierge service” between people who want to get more involved and the organizations that need their support.
Moscoe reports to Bram Bregman, the Federation vice-president of community building. Bregman said he is extremely excited to have her on board.
“Elana brings to her role a rare combination of enthusiasm, intelligence and interpersonal skills. Through her warm personality, we know she’ll engage volunteers well, and through her demonstrated commitment to Holocaust education, she’ll serve March of the Living and the Shoah Committee well,” Bregman said.
Moscoe is currently in the midst of preparing for Holocaust Education Month, which takes place in November, and said she can’t wait to unveil the plans to the community.
“We’re currently looking at a very diverse range of presenters and just seeing how it all fits together,” she said.
Elana Moscoe can be reached at 613-798-4696, ext. 355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.